Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally cracked open this legendary brew! 22 oz. bottle #2942 opened on 02/02/13, poured into a snifter. Pours black as night with a thin, tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Thereís not as much bourbon in the nose as Iíd expected, but itís definitely there, mixed with sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, and molasses notes. Taste is boozy upfront, but not over-powering. Bourbon, roasty, chocolatey, sweet vanilla notes. Full bodied and rich texture, low-to-medium carbonation. Perfect blend of bite and smoothness. Overall, this beer was great right when it was released. Two years in the cellar really rounded it out into a damn-near perfect beer. Each sip was better than the last, and when it finally got down to the last few drops, I didnít want it to end. Thatís the definition of a great beer, and Goose Island nailed it. This is the best barrel-aged stout Iíve had or ever will have, probably.
savnac (2361) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from one of the best traders on RB. Black pour with a tiny head from a hard pour that quickly fades. Aroma is lots of boozy bourbon, bitter-sweet-chocolate, molasses, vanilla and oak. Flavor is hot bourbon up front with some chocolate sweetness and roasty bitterness, also some vanilla and coconut barrel taste. Full body with mild carbonation and a creamy thick mouth feel. I love this beer but itís so similar to the regular version, still lots of bourbon/alcohol heat after a few years and showing no signs of age.
madmitch76 (12124) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle at 14.5% abv. Thanks Jack for a crack at this beast! Palate is slightly viscous with mild fine carbonation. Spirity aniseed dark malt with bourbon. Mild chocolate and coffee. Mild tangy. Semi dry finish, warming. Good but should bee better, could do with some more time I think.
Minderbinder (1285) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma is of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, oak, burning alcohol. Palate: Full bodied, very thick. Lots of alcohol in there, but it does fit well with the rest.
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours jet black with a dense tan foamy residue left around the inside of thr glass. There is little to no head and very little carbonation. The nose is big on vanilla, caramel, with a touch of wood on the back end. It drinks exceptionally smooth with bourbony vanilla/caramel, trace alcohol, and oak. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety with a touch of alcohol. It almost drinks like chocolate dessert, but isnít too extremely cloying; it definitely would be better served at room temp. Overall the beer is quite good, but not worth the price/hype paid.
tom10101 (1803) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by Julien, Pier-Luc and BenoÓt, huge thanks! Black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Extremely rich and complex. Taste is, as previously stated by JulienHuxley, "a shot of bourbon in a glass of chocolate milk". Sweet but not cloying, again extremely rich and complex with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Mouthfeel is velvety with a pleasant warming alcohol. Low carbonation. Itís hard to get any better than this. This beer was so tasty and complex. My favorite RIS to date.
Leighton (8605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at The Stout Tasting Part I, London - big thanks to Bruce. Vintage 2010, bottle #1118. Pours rich, brown-black with a tight, beige cream head. Big dark malt nose with ripe and dark fruits, cake and bread. Big sweet flavor with heavy dark malts, creamy chocolate, rich bread, some bitter earth, torched wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Hot finish with rich, dark bread, light bitter earth, prunes, big alcohol, raisins. Very robust. Quite nuanced but still powerful. I like it pretty much the same as regular BCS.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to jleblanc, finally cracking this. Oily black pour, no head. Aroma of rich, intense and multi-layered bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, milk chocolate especially. Taste is like a shot of bourbon in a glass of chocolate milk, sweet, bourbony, tons of chocolate, rich. Slick palate, good alcohol warmth that cuts into the sweetness, low carbonation.
jackl (3457) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Stout Tasting. Thanks to Deeblo for supplying this! The pourís deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is rich chocolate cake, brown sugar, some cinnamon and roasted wood. Hints of vanilla. The taste is more rich chocolate. Plenty of woody bourbon sweetness. Big, hot notes of caramel and woody vanilla. Charred grain. Full, thick body. Viscous and rich. Overall, quite nice. Itís certainly flavorful, though I find it a bit unwieldy and blunt.
Scopey (4602) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to deeblo at THE stout tasting - part 1. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is dark caramel, roasted malt, big on the bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, earth and fudge. The taste is roasted malt, boozy, bourbon, oak, some bitterness, ash, earth, hint of soy sauce, oak, caramel, some spice and toasted coconut with a warming, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel (a bit cloying actually). Big, sweet, hot and ballsy! Flavoursome, but I just donít find it that drinkable.